My 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 7 (The Hands As Heart)

My 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 7

(The Hands As Heart)


[ Am I Doing This Right? ]

I was feeling a bit tight after yesterday’s rather intense Hatha Yoga Session.

Listening to my body, it was apparent that either a Yin class or another Yoga Basics Class would be beneficial to me today. I took Engagement Photos today with my partner (yay!) and took a deep nap afterward, so the class that fit my body (and my schedule) was a Yoga Basics Class.

It was appropriate, because as I get further into my practice, I find myself wondering, “am I doing this right?”

[ The Experience ]

There is no “right” or “wrong” way, to do your yoga practice, per se. Each individual will have their own approach, and every BODY is unique in how they will receive the practice.

However, there are some techniques that are good to know for all those who do yoga.  I feel one of the most important techniques is learning how to be at ease in the hands, so as to keep and maintain a healthy, relaxed and supported wrist structure.

For example, you can really mess up your wrists in downward dog pose.  The past few days, I’ve been pondering if my hands are being placed properly for this “resting” pose:

Cody’s Ultimate Guide to Downward Dog

Thankfully, we focused on our hands today, paying attention to their proper placement, as well as giving them love through special stretches and circular movements.

[ The Takeaway ]

I love synchronicity.  I am finding that every day I show up to practice, the instructor is giving me exactly what I need to move forward.  At the beginning of the class today, the instructor asked if we had any problem areas in our bodies, and to raise our hands so she could come around and help us.  I didn’t raise my hand, but was so happy that the entire class was devoted to the hands, which I’ve been curious about the past few days.

I do a lot with my hands. We all do. But, I especially do a lot, as a published writer, and an award-winning DJ wherein my sets are at least 3 hours at a time.

Today in class we learned that in Chinese medicine, the hands are an extension of the heart’s meridian lines.  Meaning, everything that we do with our hands is an expression of our hearts. That resonated with me. I use my hands to generate inspiration via life tales, musings and shared information. I use my hands to create, and be a vessel for, music.

Our hands are important. How are you treating your hands? By the same token, what expression do your hands portray? Lastly, do you give and not receive (or vice-versa)?

Here’s to your health, happiness and WHOLENESS!


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